3 helpful tips for traveling

With the holiday season quickly approaching, you might find yourself booking travel to visit family and friends who live far away. Whether they're a short drive or a long plane ride from your home or assisted living community, there are many factors to consider while you plan your trip. Follow this guide to make sure your travel is as comfortable as possible.

1. Get assistance if you need it
Traveling via airplane can be confusing regardless of your age - especially if you're not a frequent flyer. If you have issues with mobility or you would just like some help making your connector flight, there are plenty of resources available to you. Many airlines offer special services for older passengers or those with medical conditions. An employee can help you with things like stowing and retrieving luggage, registration at check-in and more. If you decide to take advantage of this option, you may also need to provide documentation that explains you have medical approval to travel.

If you're driving long distances, make sure you ride with another friend or family member who can take over if you get tired. He or she will also be able to help navigate you to your destination if you're unfamiliar with the route.

2. Pack appropriately
Even if you're just heading to a family member's house for a weekend, it's important to give yourself sufficient time to pack your belongings. A relaxing vacation can quickly turn stressful if you forget some of your essentials. Start by creating a list of your necessary belongings about a week in advance. Be sure to list things like medications, glasses and other important items that can't easily be purchased at your end location should you forget them. Compile a list of references in case of emergency and include things like prescriptions, your physician's contact information and any allergies you might have. Don't forget to pack appropriate clothing and footwear for your trip's activities.

3. Be prepared
Traveling to see loved ones is a great way to stay engaged and connected to your friends and family. Keep your passport, license or other form of identification on hand at all times, and keep them in a protective case to be prepared for anything that could happen during your trip. Likewise, remain extra cautious of your money, medications and other items that are absolutely necessary when traveling. Pack aids like walkers and canes even if you don't think you'll need them. Traveling typically requires you to walk more than usual, so it may be helpful to have them on hand just in case.